God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.”
IT’s hard to imagine, but at one time all the world spoke just one language. It changed because of sin.
Of the three sons of Noah, Shem, Ham and Japheth, Shem the oldest received his father’s blessing, Ham the middle son received a curse because he was the one who had caused shame upon his father. Of Japheth Noah said “May God expand the territory of Japheth and share Shem’s prosperity. God probably gives us these stories for two reasons: 1) He is not a respecter of persons and He wanted those of us who came afterward to know that this man, the only righteous man who could be found who kept the physical world from destruction was still imperfect. I repeat myself when I say again, this demonstrates the value of the heart. He expects us to make mistakes and wrong choices at times and He knows that our perfection will come from the hands of God at the end of time because of perseverance.
God truly loves us and repeatedly gives us examples of it, this being one.
Japheth was a seafaring man who spread out to many lands. Each was identified by its own language, clan, and national identity. He was an ancestor of Nimrod the first heroic warrior/hunter in the world. He expanded his territory to Assyria, built the cities of Nineveh and Rehoboth and among others to whom he was ancestor were the Hittites, the Jebusites, Amorites, and Canaanite clans.
Shem was the ancestor of all the descendants of Eber.
This entire episode regrettable as it is illustrates the ease with which we can slip from gratitude to egotism and an inner feeling that we really don’t need God. The pictures I’ve drawn are symbolic I believe of self-satisfied people. We are challenged to be humble of heart, abounding in love, willing to share the gospel (the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus) to seekers. God does not require perfection from us. He expects mistakes and perseverance.